Monday, March 29, 2010

Passion Fruit Performance

It was Passion Fruit with the flavor of an encore performance by Bored Stiff Productions of Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. I had the honor of collaborating with the young cast who wrote, choregraphed, and performed this original musical.
The play debuted on World Theatre Day, Saturday the 27th of March 2010. Starting with a love song in Kannada and culminated with firedancing to a Hip Hop Mash-up, this eclectic show had something for everyone, if not everything for someone. Check out what Marianne de Nazareth wrote about the food and the after party in her blog, The Climate is Changing.
The second and final performance was at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology on Monday the 29th of March 2010. The mostly student audience whistled and cheered for their peers. I have no doubt Pasion Fruit will be remembered as a cult classic amongst the student body.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Dancing to Michael Jackson

I teamed up with a group of 6th grade boys to give a drop dead performance for the Western Music Assembly at Mallya Aditi International School. The assembly was facilitated by the 6th grade class, right down to the hosting, stage management and sound. The stage was graced by live music and dance by students from all the elementary grades. See the 5th grade girls below.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mud Dancing a Cob Bench

I fly so much I get to wondering about my carbon footprint. On this day though, I'm dancing straw, clay and water into the right consistency for building a cob bench. Green Chakra, who I worked with before (see Viveka blog posts), hosted this mud dance party for Drishya students. Many of the youth I knew from the Video and Theatre class I taught there last year (see blog post).
We had a blast getting all muddy fancy stepping to Tamil music.

"If I can't dance, it's not my revolution!" ~ Emma Goldman

Monday, March 8, 2010

Budding Passion Fruit

They’re apart together. They’re lovers forbidden: a priest with a spirit from the past, a painter’s secret, and the young professional whose unorthodox love tangles with the others. Defying conventions in plot and performance this aesthetically intimate musical tenderly touches taboos between riotously hilarious moments.
For the last 6 weeks I have been directing/producing Passion Fruit: an original one-act musical. Avant Garde meets Bollywood cheese in this twisted love tale that will be performed in 3 Bangalore venues in late March.

For this project I'm collaborating with Board Stiff Productions, from Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology, who have a four-year history of staging dynamic theatre in Bangalore.
“I know how crimson excites you on days when things haven't seemed so clear. The violet streaks on scarlet, you put your trickling veins to paper. There, the painting is complete.”

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Creative Consciousness in the Classroom, Part 2

Round 2 of a 3 part professional development workshop series for the teachers at in Vidyaranya High School in Hyderabad and it's getting hot (see post for 1st session). Today we focused more on drama and poetry activities to engage students in creative thinking within non-arts academic subject areas.

It's not enough to learn "about" using the Arts in the classroom, teachers need to take the next step of putting it into practice. This can seem like a daunting task even to teachers who would love to do it. Part of my work is to support teachers in overcoming the obstacles and inhibitions that prevent them from opening creative/expressive opportunities for their students.
I included the above picture from the terrace at the school so you can see the natural beauty of this urban campus.

"Another word for creativity is courage" ~ George Prince